Business

County unemployment rate stays high amid job growth

5:03 p.m. January 27
Regional economist says area was hit harder than others by crash

Clark County's economy expanded in December with "very strong" job growth, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, It added 6,200 jobs over the year and posted an annualized growth rate of 4.4 percent.

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Microsoft stock tanks 9.25% on growth concerns

By Associated Press January 27, 2015 4:16 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft shares plunged 9.25 percent Tuesday after the software giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations but warned that a weak PC market and a strong dollar will curb growth this year. Many analysts slashed price targets on the stock and some cut their buy ratings to hold.

U.S. company outlooks worry investors, sending stocks lower

By ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer January 27, 2015 3 p.m.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 241 points, or 1.4 percent, to 17,437 as of 2:04 p.m. Eastern time. The blue-chip average dropped as much as 390 points earlier. The Standard & Poor's 500 shed 20 points, or 1 percent, to 2,036. The Nasdaq composite slid 64 points, or 1.4 percent, to 4,707.

Fishermen fear monopoly by Pacific Seafood Group

By Associated Press January 27, 2015 9:36 a.m.

ASTORIA, Ore. — Some commercial fishermen have won a temporary court order blocking the Pacific Seafood Group of Clackamas from taking over Westport, Washington-based Ocean Gold Seafoods.

Brunell: It's time to move beyond the gasoline tax

By Don Brunell January 27, 2015 6 a.m.

With gas prices plummeting to less than $2 a gallon, some politicians think this is the ideal time to increase state and federal gas taxes. The theory is when gasoline is expensive, voters vehemently oppose higher gas taxes; but when the price drops, motorists don't pay as much attention. They just fill up and drive off, thankful for the savings.

Agency offers businesses help in filing taxes by Feb. 2

By The Columbian January 27, 2015 6 a.m.

The Washington State Department of Revenue is offering some assistance to businesses in filing taxes by this year’s Feb. 2 deadline.

Local concern doing energy audits

By Gordon Oliver January 27, 2015 6 a.m.

A nonprofit group focused on helping Clark County homeowners improve the energy efficiency and air quality of their homes has chosen a local contractor to offer a "one-stop shop" service for home upgrades.

Free 'Tax Talk' on impact of health reform

By The Columbian January 27, 2015 6 a.m.

H&R Block is hosting a free "Tax Talk" about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on tax returns.

City approves Vancouvercenter request for changes, extension

By Justin Runquist January 26, 2015 9:59 p.m.

Downtown Vancouver's largest building project will be significantly scaled down after the city approved a developer's request Monday night for several key changes to the design.

Democrats block Keystone bill in setback for Senate GOP

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau January 26, 2015 5:39 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Swift Senate passage of legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline ran into trouble Monday after Democrats temporarily blocked the measure from advancing.

Christensen Shipyards appears to be struggling financially

By Aaron Corvin January 26, 2015 5:18 p.m.

Christensen Shipyards, the Vancouver-based builder of custom yachts, appears to be struggling to pay its bills.

Mattel CEO resigns; toymaker results miss expectations

By TOM MURPHY, Associated Press January 26, 2015 4:40 p.m.

Mattel Chairman and CEO Bryan Stockton has resigned after the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars reported fourth-quarter results that fell far short of analyst expectations.

Key issue resolved in West Coast ports dispute

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press January 26, 2015 4:28 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — Negotiators trying to reach a new contract covering workers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in the difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday.

Microsoft reports lower earnings

By Matt Day, The Seattle Times January 26, 2015 4:13 p.m.

SEATTLE — Microsoft ended 2014 on a mixed note, earning a profit that met the expectations of Wall Street analysts but came in well below the previous year as the company dealt with restructuring charges and an income tax hit.

Milk industry fights back against 'anti-dairy folks'

January 26, 2015 4:12 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.

Study touts credit union deposit rates

By Patricia Sabatini, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 26, 2015 4:09 p.m.

Savers hunting for the best deposit rates should look first to credit unions, which continue to offer better returns than banks, according to a new report by WalletHub.

Register for the upcoming Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton, and catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote features Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who will provide his outlook for the local economy.
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